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Evaluating outcomes of mine land rehabilitation through ecosystem services

Grant number: 14/22927-1
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2015
Effective date (End): March 31, 2019
Field of knowledge:Engineering - Mining Engineering
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal Investigator:Luis Enrique Sánchez
Grantee:Josianne Cláudia Sales Rosa
Home Institution: Escola Politécnica (EP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):16/23021-1 - Enhancing and testing the ESAR in a bauxite mine in the Australian context, BE.EP.DR


The research aims at developing, testing and validating an ecosystems services-based procedure to evaluate land rehabilitation in mining. Current best practice evaluates the results of rehabilitation actions against targets in terms of vegetation growth, plant diversity or soil parameters. The concept of ecosystem services, on the other hand, provides an integrative approach to gauge to what extent restoring ecosystem functions results in improving human well-being. The research will have a conceptual and an empirical component. In the former, international recommendations on good practice for land rehabilitation in mining and for consideration of ecosystem services in decision-making contexts will be compiled and structured in a procedure for assessing land rehabilitation. The empirical component will test the procedure in a bauxite mine in the Amazon where rehabilitation has been monitored for a number of years. Results from both approaches will be compared under the perspective of three key actors, namely mine managers, local community and regulator. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
SALES ROSA, JOSIANNE CLAUDIA; SANCHEZ, LUIS ENRIQUE; MORRISON-SAUNDERS, ANGUS. Getting to `agreed' post-mining land use - an ecosystem services approach. IMPACT ASSESSMENT AND PROJECT APPRAISAL, v. 36, n. 3, p. 220-229, 2018. Web of Science Citations: 0.

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